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Magnadyne Corporation appointed Jonathan Joseph as its newest account director. Joseph is responsible for seeking new clients and building new account relationships in Magnadyne’s wireless products division. He joins Magnadyne following a successful career in the wireless communications industry, most recently as product manager for Superior Communications.

Jonathan Joseph

Hobart Brothers, a wholly owned subsidiary of Illinois Tool Works Inc., announced that it created the fourth in an ongoing series of free educational welding posters that address the 10 most common welding problems and their likely causes and solutions. Using color diagrams and concisely written explanations, the poster is a handy reference tool for both professional and educational welding environments.
    The problems discussed apply to MIG, FCAW, SMAW and TIG welding.  The posters are available free of charge by contacting the Hobart Brothers Information Center at 888/462-2789 or e-mail the company fulfillment center at

FARO Technologies Inc. acquired an exclusive license from Dimensional Photonics International Inc., a leading provider of high-speed, high-accuracy digital shape scanners, for global rights to develop, manufacture and sell the company’s technology and products. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.  For additional information on DPI, visit

CGS Motorsports announced that it is creating a SEMA Show vehicle for Ford that will be showcased at the 2008 SEMA Show. CGS is upfitting a new '09 Ford Flex, designed by Sean Smith of SS Designs and named “ReFlex.” The vehicle will feature custom paint by DuPont Refinishes with paint preparation by 3M, 22-inch one-off Bonspeed wheels, Pirelli Tires, custom leather from Roadwire, door solenoids by SPAL, suede interior of Keyston Bros., and a custom sound system by Kicker featuring a Clarion navigation headunit.
    ReFlex will feature a one-off body kit, and Sean Smith and the design team at CGS will clay up the body kit until it looks just the way they envisioned it. The CGS team is also designing and building handmade chrome moldings to separate the two-tone paint scheme (

“ReFlex,” designed by Sean Smith of SS Designs.

Championship Off Road Racing (CORR) announced that VP Racing Fuels is the Official Trackside Service Provider for the third consecutive year. The agreement calls for VP to provide C12, C14, C14 Plus, C16 and Late Model Plus racing fuels at all CORR events. In addition, VP's Motorsport 93 has been named as the spec fuel for CORR’s Trophy Kart classes. VP has also posted a generous contingency program for all classes, as well as special pricing at the events.

In an effort to curb illegal street racing, WyoTech, the Official Technical School of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), partnered with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) and Sacramento Raceway to promote Race the Strip, Not the Street, a series of drag races at Sacramento Raceway. Held each Wednesday evening from February 2008 through November 2008, Race the Strip, Not the Street allows drag racing within the safe confines of an NHRA-sanctioned racetrack. For more information on Race the Strip, Not the Street events at Sacramento Raceway, visit

Illumaware LLC announced that it officially released version 2.0 of Evokat ACES, its online electronic catalog. The company reports that more than 50 new features were added to the cataloging tool, including:

  • Increased data-processing speed by a factor of tenfold, stemming from the introduction of a new Vehicle Research component.
  • Simplified navigation capabilities that better meet the research requirements of Catalog Managers.
  • The ability to map multiple parts to multiple vehicles at the same time.
  • An Analyze My Catalog feature that runs data against the latest ACES standard for Unmapped Records, Conflicting Records and Specific Condition Errors. Catalog Managers now know the “health” of their catalog at all times. The manager’s team can correct these problems online themselves. Only “good” records that meet the current ACES standard can be sent to Channel Partners.
  • A large library of Channel Partners from Illumaware’s free Data Network allow Catalog Managers to send their Legacy, ACES, PIES, Year/Make/Model and Custom reports out in real time with a click of a button.

Greg Raymond of JBA Performance Exhaust stated, “It becomes obvious that this application is robust and well thought out when training only takes 30 minutes. My team was impressed and put at ease when they realized that maintaining our data was so intuitive. Illumaware is on the cutting edge of what the industry has desperately needed for several years.”